USS Helena CA 75 Task Force 71 Flag Ship Shanghia China Photo Pres Eisenhower
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You are looking at a framed photographic copy of the USS Helena CA 75 taken on April 27, 1948 in Shangahi, China. "On April 3rd, 1948 the HELENA steamed out of Long Beach harbor for Shanghai, China. For the next six months the HELENA operated with Task Force 71 between Tsingtao and Shangahi. During the latter part of August 1948 Vice Admiral Oscar Badger, USN, Commander Naval Forces Western Pacific visited the HELENA and awarded the ship the Navy Battle Efficiency Award and the Marjorie Sterett Battleship Fund Award for attaining first place in overall battle efficiency among the battleships and cruisers of the pacific Fleet during the fiscal year 1948. In September 1948 the HELENA was detached from Task Force 71 and steamed north to Yokosuka, Japan then visited a number of Japanese ports." ~USS Helena ORG. "USS Helena, a 13,600 ton Baltimore class heavy cruiser, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts. Commissioned in September 1945, she took part in the Navy Day fleet review off New York City in October of that year. In February 1946, she went to European waters as flagship for the 12th Fleet. In May, she steamed through the Suez Canal to take station in the Far East on the first of her fourteen "WestPac" deployments. Helena had just completed her third tour in the Western Pacific when the outbreak of the Korean War caused her recall. From July into October 1950 she provided heavy gunfire to counter the North Korean onslaught and, after the Inchon Invasion in mid-September, to support the United Nations forces' offensive. Two more Korean War cruises took place in 1951 and 1952. Helena received minor damage from a hit by enemy coastal artillery in July 1951. In December 1952, at the end of her third combat deployment, she carried President-Elect Eisenhower from Guam to Hawaii after his post-election visit to Korea. Following the Korean War, Helena continued her visits to Asiatic waters. She supported the Tachen Islands evacuation in 1955, was on hand during the Quemoy crisis in September 1958 and rescued passengers and crew from the stranded merchant ship Hoi Wong in October 1958. The cruiser was refitted in 1960 to become flagship of the U.S. First Fleet and made a final cruise to the Western Pacific in mid-1961. USS Helena decommissioned in June 1963."~ History Navy Mil. The vintage wooden frame has a bright silver woodgrain look finish and is smooth to the touch. It is in excellent condition. The portrait is double matted with a navy blue and silver mat. The glass is in excellent condition with no breaks, chips or cracks. The photographic copy is in excellent condition as well, it looks like there may have been a couple of rips in the original but they are hardly noticeable on the copy. This is a wonderful piece of American history and will make a wonderful addition to any collection. This piece is vintage and may not be perfect. I do not know the date it was made or who made it. The frame measures 14 inches tall, 18 inches side to side and 1 inch thick. It weighs 4 pounds. We do have more photographs that we can email if you are interested.
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- Height: 14 inches
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- Weight: 4 pounds
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